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Alice Cooper shocks and awes with medley at National Hockey League game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shock master Alice Cooper pulled a surprise by performing at a National Hockey League game Friday night. Cooper jammed a medley of some of his classics between the second and third period of the Phoenix Coyotes' 2-0 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks before 17,525 fans at Jobing.Com Arena.

Alice Cooper and his backing band Co-op perform a medley of classics at the Feb. 7 Chicago Blackhawks-Phoenix Coyotes game at Jobing.Com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
Alice Cooper and his backing band Co-op perform a medley of classics at the Feb. 7 Chicago Blackhawks-Phoenix Coyotes game at Jobing.Com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
JAY NANDA / San Antonio Metal Music Examiner

Just 10 days after being announced as the opening act to Motley Crue's "Final Tour" (click here), Cooper -- an Arizona resident and noted sports enthusiast -- played on a small stage set up in Section 104 in a performance that was billed as "Arizona band Co-op with special guest Alice Cooper."

Cooper opened with "I'm Eighteen" before segueing into "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "School's Out," which was given a Pink Floyd touch halfway through. Even the Coyotes' mascot jammed along. Click on the SAMME's video at left for the final five minutes of the performance (only the first 60 seconds is sideways), and the slideshow above.

The evening marked the final home game for the Coyotes before the NHL breaks for the Sochi Olympics, so beforehand, 10 members of the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" gold-medal U.S. team were honored, along with 2014 Olympians from the Coyotes and Blackhawks representing their respective nations. Thus explains Cooper's send-off of encouragement at the end of the clip.

After fans of all ages, wearing jerseys of both teams and Team USA, showed their appreciation, Cooper exited through ushers and was hustled into a nearby room, where the door was shut until the crowd dispersed.

Cooper's appearances in Texas with Motley Crue will be July 15 in Cedar Park, July 16 in Dallas and Oct. 11 at The Woodlands.

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